CRIME

Milwaukee man receives 7-year sentence for girl's 1982 death

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Milwaukee County Sheriff shows Jose E. Ferreira, of Milwaukee. Ferreira, who confessed to killing 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek decades after it happened at her Milwaukee home, was sentenced Friday, March 17, 2017, to seven years in prison - the maximum punishment possible. (Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Milwaukee County Sheriff shows Jose E. Ferreira, of Milwaukee. Ferreira, who confessed to killing 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek decades after it happened at her Milwaukee home, was sentenced Friday, March 17, 2017, to seven years in prison - the maximum punishment possible. (Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2015, file photo, Carolyn Tousignant holds a photo of her daughter Carrie Ann Jopek, at her home in Milwaukee. Authorities charged former neighbor and family friend Jose Ferreira with murder on Oct. 17 in the girl's death. Ferreira, who confessed to killing the 13-year-old girl decades after it happened was sentenced Friday, March 17, 2017, to seven years in prison - the maximum punishment possible. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2015, file photo, Carolyn Tousignant holds a photo of her daughter Carrie Ann Jopek, at her home in Milwaukee. Authorities charged former neighbor and family friend Jose Ferreira with murder on Oct. 17 in the girl's death. Ferreira, who confessed to killing the 13-year-old girl decades after it happened was sentenced Friday, March 17, 2017, to seven years in prison - the maximum punishment possible. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mark Kuller, the grandson of Lillian Kuller, stands during a news conference at the Ramsey County Attorney's office on Thursday, March 16, 2017 to announce second degree murder charges against Michael Anthony Withers in the 1987 murder of Lillian Kuller.  Prosecutors say they used new DNA tests to break the 30-year-old cold-case killing.  The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged Withers with two counts of second-degree murder in the 1987 death of 81-year-old Lillian Kuller.  (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)   /Star Tribune via AP)

    Mark Kuller, the grandson of Lillian Kuller, stands during a news conference at the Ramsey County Attorney's office on Thursday, March 16, 2017 to announce second degree murder charges against Michael Anthony Withers in the 1987 murder of Lillian Kuller. Prosecutors say they used new DNA tests to break the 30-year-old cold-case killing. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged Withers with two counts of second-degree murder in the 1987 death of 81-year-old Lillian Kuller. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP) /Star Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A 53-year-old man who confessed to killing a 13-year-old girl more than three decades after it happened has been sentenced to seven years in prison — the maximum possible.

Jose E. Ferreira's sentence came almost 35 years to the day after he shoved Carrie Ann Jopek down a flight of stairs at a Milwaukee home on March 16, 1982. Not until 2015 did Ferreira tell his wife, police, and a television station he was responsible for Jopek's death at a neighborhood house party.

Ferreira buried Jopek under the porch of the house, where her body was discovered the following year.

Ferreira plead guilty to attempted second-degree sexual assault and false imprisonment in a deal with prosecutors.

Jopek's mother said she wished the sentence was longer but was grateful for closure.